Legal study aids are books, flashcards, flowcharts, and other materials designed to help you make sense of the material you cover in class and successfully brief cases, outline for a course, and prepare for exams. Study aids vary in format and content and come from many publishers. Some popular series titles include the Nutshell series, Examples & Explanations series, Gilbert Law Summaries, Glannon Guides, and the Question & Answer series.
The Law Library offers access to these popular titles, and more, to College of Law students through its online subscriptions to Aspen Learning Library and West Academic Study Aids, as well as via a robust print Study Skills Collection.
This short guide provides hyperlinks and summary guidance for our most popular study aids: Study Aids Quick Reference (PDF). This guide provides more detailed information about the features of each series in our online study aids subscriptions: A Look Inside Study Aids.
Study Skills Collection
The Study Skills Collection is located on the third floor of the Law Library, across from the Circulation Desk. The collection brings together an array of print study aids, legal research and writing texts, exam, and Bar exam prep materials. All materials in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice.
Aspen Learning Library (formerly Wolters Kluwer)
Aspen Learning Library provides unlimited online access to hundreds of study aid titles. Some series that are available include Examples & Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines, Glannon Guides, and In Other Words video lectures.
Register for a personal account using your ASU email address to login remotely, print, and add notes, bookmarks, and highlights. You can also download the Aspen Learning Library App for iOS, Android, and Windows.
West Academic Study Aids
West Academic Study Aids offers easy online access to hundreds of study aids, treatises, and audio lectures to help you succeed in law school. Available series titles include Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, the Acing series, and Sum & Substance Audio.
Create an account using your ASU email address as your username to ensure off-campus access, print, download, highlight, and take notes.
You can download the RedShelf App and West Academic Audio App from iTunes or Google Play. Note: You must follow the directions provided by West Academic (JPG) precisely in order to use RedShelf.
CALI Lessons are designed to help you become accustomed to taking multiple-choice examinations and provide feedback on your answers. CALI offers more than 1,000 interactive tutorials on legal education topics, from 1L subjects such as Torts and Contracts, to upper-level classes including Administrative Law and Commercial Transactions. It also has legal research tutorials for most state jurisdictions and federal cases, statutes, and regulations. Law students can find instructions to register for a CALI account by visiting Access to CALI or by contacting Electronic Resources Librarian Sean Harrington.
Many law faculty make their past exams available to students as a study aid and sometimes include model answers. To see if your professor has released past exams, check out the library's Past Exams database. Exams administered within the past 10 years are available online.
The law library staff created a Bar Exam and MPRE Resource Guide to assist as you prepare to take the bar exam. This guide highlights important information and services for Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students as they prepare to take the bar examination in Arizona or elsewhere. The Law Library also has many excellent resources for students preparing to take the bar exam to supplement their bar prep courses: Online Bar Study.